A lot off her plaits in aid of char­ity

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD El­stree girl has had her long hair cut for Zichron Me­nachem, the Is­raeli cancer char­ity which cre­ates made-to-mea­sure wigs for Is­raeli chil­dren who have lost their hair dur­ing treat­ment.

Chana Gar­son — daugh­ter of El­stree’s Ohr Yis­rael Fed­er­a­tion con­gre­ga­tion min­is­ter Rabbi Ra­phy Gar­son — pre­sented the char­ity’s UK rep­re­sen­ta­tives with two plaits each mea­sur­ing more than 30 cen­time­tres fol­low­ing her first hair­cut.

Her achieve­ment has in­spired her older sis­ters Bat­sheva Leah, 10, and Miri, eight, to fol­low suit. The sis­ters are pupils at Beis Y a a k o v P r i ma r y in Colin­dale.

T h a n - king f ri - ends and f a m i l y for spons o r i n g the cut, which raised £1,500 for the char­ity, Chana added: “I know there are lit­tle chil­dren who are not well and who sadly don’t have any hair. I have spent the last 1,627 days grow­ing my hair. Now it has been cut, it will be made into a wig, so that other chil­dren like me can also have hair on their head.”

The long tresses were cropped by pro­fes­sional hair­dresser Dina Levy, an Is­raeli now liv­ing in Gold­ers Green, whose grand­son has re­cov­ered from leukaemia.

Chana Gar­son be­fore and af­ter the cut

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